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Acts of the Apostles
Lesson 12
Paul's Voyage to Rome

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Reading assignment for this lesson: Acts 27:1 – 28:31

The voyage to Rome is a story of excitement, danger and divine intervention. The prisoners and crew of the ship complete the journey safely against impossible odds. Along the way, Paul, the prisoner, continues to preach and earns the confidence of his Roman guard.

The story ends abruptly as Paul is being held prisoner in Rome, and we are never told what became of Peter, Paul and the other apostles. It is widely believed that the Roman emperor Nero ordered the execution of both Peter and Paul around the year 67 A.D. There is a legend that Peter was crucified upside down, but there is no solid evidence of that. As a Roman citizen, Paul was probably beheaded rather than crucified.

1. What does the "we" language mean in Chapters 27 and 28?

2. Who was Aristarchus? (See Acts 19:29-30, 20:1-4, 27:1-2, Colossians 4:10, Philemon 1:23-24.)

3. a) Who was Julius? (See Acts 27:1-2.)
b) How did Julius treat Paul? (See Acts 27:3, 27:9-11, 30-32, 42-44.)

4. To whom did Paul preach in Rome? (See Acts 28:16-24.)

5. How long had Paul been in prison in Rome when the narrative in Acts ends? (See Acts 28:30-31.)

6. What is the meaning of Paul's statement to the Jews in Acts 28:24-29? (See Isaiah 6:8-10, Mark 4:10-12, Romans 11:7-10.)

7. Why does Acts end abruptly, without telling the outcome of Paul's trial in Rome? (See Luke 1:1-4.)

8. a) Why were Peter and Paul unlikely candidates for leadership of Christ's Church?
b) Which other Biblical leaders were unlikely candidates for their positions?

9. a) What evidence do you see in Acts that the new Christian Church was divinely guided, encouraged and protected? (See Acts 1:8, 2:4, 4:31, 5:19, 8:26, 9:1-6, 9:10-17, 9:31, Acts 10:11-15, 12:7, 13:1-3, 16:6, 18:9-10, 23:11.)
b) In what ways is the Church of today guided, encouraged and protected?

10. How has the study of Acts deepened your knowledge of early Christianity and the role of Holy Spirit in the Church?

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